New Automated Files Released for Health Care EDI Implementation Guides

Alexandria, Va. and Rockville, Md. -- Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA) and Washington Publishing Company (WPC) announced the release of new machine-readable files to help health care payers and providers write the electronic transactions required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

These automated files, called table data, reflect the latest addenda to the implementation guides based on the officially mandated versions of the ASC X12 electronic data interchange (EDI) standards, issued in October 2002. This latest version of the implementation guides, known as X12N version 004010, is used in conjunction with the original release dated May 2000. Health care payers and providers need to begin using these electronic transactions by October 16, 2003, as stipulated by the Administrative Simplification portion of HIPAA.

About the HIPAA Addenda Table Data

Washington Publishing Company recently completed the new implementation guides that combine the original May 2000 X12N version 004010 implementation guides with the revisions from the October 2002 Addenda. These WPC Combined Implementation Guides are the basis for the HIPAA Addenda table data. WPC offers a detailed description of these implementation guides at http://www.wpc-edi.com/hipaa/hipaacombguides.asp.

WPC prepares Section 3 of each X12N implementation guide from a central database. The HIPAA Addenda table data consist of a set of comma-delimited files and one structured file† free-form text† all derived from the central database that produces the implementation guides. Several tables are subsets of the X12 table data distributed by DISA, ASC X12's secretariat. DISA markets the HIPAA Addenda table data to support the ASC X12 standards.

WPC offers a detailed description of the HIPAA Addenda table data at http://www.wpc-edi.com/ReadMeTableData.html.

To Order the HIPAA Addenda Table Data

For more information or to order a copy of the HIPAA Addenda table data, call DISA at (888) 363-2334, toll-free in the US, or visit DISAís online bookstore at http://www.disa.org/Bookstore/public/index.cfm?intCartID=0&intUserID=0. Indicate product ID: K-4010A in your order.

About Data Interchange Standards Association (DISA)

DISA is home for the Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) X12 and industry groups developing e-business standards that provide the foundation enabling individuals and organizations to participate in global e-business. Driving an array of e-business initiatives, DISA provides technical and administrative support to its affiliated organizations: ASC X12, Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association (HEDNA), Interactive Financial eXchange (IFX) Forum, and Mortgage Industry Standards Maintenance Organization (MISMO). To learn more about DISA, visit http://www.disa.org or call +1 703-548-7005.

About Washington Publishing Co.

Washington Publishing Company (WPC) specializes in managing and distributing electronic data interchange (EDI) information, primarily in the form of documentation for organizations that develop, maintain, and implement EDI standards. WPC seeks to expand the scope and enhance the quality of both EDI standards development and EDI standards implementation by providing clear, handsome, timely, and accurate documentation. To learn more about WPC, visit http://www.wpc-edi.com/ or call +1 301-949-9740.

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